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August, 2011

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    Project 2010 at SharePoint Conference 2011



    We are happy share Microsoft Project 2010 presence at the upcoming SharePoint Conference 2011!

    The Microsoft SharePoint Conference is the most comprehensive event in the world dedicated to SharePoint and related technologies taking place in Anaheim, CA, October 3-6, 2011.


    • Technical pre-eventProject 2010 Technical drill-down for SharePoint Partners
    • 7+ breakout sessions directly covering Project 2010
    • 2 booths in the expo hall staffed by Project experts
    • Lots of great swag
    • … and more!

    Project 2010 Technical Pre-event

    Date: Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

    Audience: IT Professionals, Architects and Developers from SharePoint Silver and Gold competent partners

    • Keynote Speaker: Arpan Shah, Director of Project, Microsoft Corporation
    • MVP Speakers: Dux Raymond Sy, SharePoint MVP, PMP and Scott Jamison, SharePoint MVP and Certified Master,
    • Microsoft Speakers: Christophe Fiessinger and Jan Kalis, Senior Technical Product Managers; Steven Haden, Microsoft Consulting Services Senior Consultant

    Full agenda of the technical pre-day:

    8:00 AM 8:30 AM Breakfast and Registration
    8:30 AM 9:00 AM Keynote: Microsoft Project Opportunity Arpan Shah
    9:00 AM 9:30 AM What it takes to become a Gold Project and Portfolio Management Partner Dux Raymond Sy
    9:30 AM 9:45 AM Break
    9:45 AM 10:45 AM SharePoint Lifecycle Management with Project Server 2010< Scott Jamison; Christophe Fiessinger
    10:45 AM 11:30 AM Project 2010 Key Capabilities - Demos, demos, demos! Jan Kalis
    11:30 AM 12:30 PM Lunch
    12:30 PM 2:15 PM Project Server 2010 Architecture and Administration Overview Christophe Fiessinger
    2:15 PM 2:30 PM Break
    2:30 PM 4:00 PM Building Solutions on Project 2010 Jan Kalis; Steven Haden
    4:00 PM 4:15 PM Break
    4:15 PM 5:00 PM Executive Panel with Arpan Shah, Dux Raymond Sy and Scott Jamison
    More details and registration here.


    Project 2010 Breakout Sessions

    Session Title Abstract Speaker
    SPC2994 Microsoft Project and Project Server 2010 Overview In this session we will highlight the key investment areas for Project 2010, demonstrate the Microsoft Project and Portfolio Solution which is built on top of SharePoint 2010 and introduce you to Microsoft Project Professional 2010, the world's most popular project desktop scheduling tool. We will also demonstrate business intelligence dashboards, portfolio analysis and demand management. Jan Kalis
    SPC242 Leveraging Project 2010 with Office 365 for Project Management Success Microsoft Project 2010 has proved to be instrumental in driving project management success for many organizations. In this session, we will discuss how to effectively create a Microsoft Project Plan, create a SharePoint-based Project Management Information System (PMIS) with Office 365 and integrate Microsoft Project information with SharePoint 2010. In addition, we'll cover best practices around empowering a project team to share relevant information, facilitate better collaboration and build project management dashboards in SharePoint. All PMP certified attendees will earn 1 PDU for attending this session. Dux Raymond Sy, PMP, MVP
    SPC262 Project 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Better Together With the release of Microsoft Project Server 2010 which is built upon SharePoint Server 2010 project management has reached new heights of flexibility, and power. Project Server 2010 provides a natural growth story to SharePoint 2010 advanced capabilities. In this session,  we will cover project portfolio management tools and how they can help any organization by providing insight into resource utilization, portfolio execution and alignment with strategic objectives. Tad Haas
    SPC273 SharePoint Lifecycle Management Solution with Project Server Is SharePoint becoming an important part of your company’s overall IT offering? If so, it's likely that you have a need to better manage SharePoint business requests. Join industry expert Scott Jamison as he discusses the importance of SharePoint Lifecycle Management from an IT governance perspective. In this session we'll demonstrate how business users can make special project requests through a form in Project Web App, and how Project Managers can monitor and assign resources, evaluate priorities, and manage their overall project portfolio more efficiently. Christophe Fiessinger; Scott Jamison, SharePoint MVP
    SPC275 Solving Agile and PMO Problems by Integrating Project Server 2010 with Team Foundation Server 2010 Do your Project Managers and Developers need to play nicer together? In this session, we'll discuss how integrating Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server 2010 allows you to enable development and project management teams to collaborate and communicate more effectively by using tools that they are most familiar with. In addition, we will conduct demos and share real world stories and best practices from customers. Christophe Fiessinger
    SPC354 Managing Innovation with SharePoint & Project Server 2010 Innovation is vital to an enterprise's long-term success. Collaboration, social networking and project management tools can help encourage people in an organization, to share their ideas, rate them, and make critical decisions about their associated risks, benefits, and strategic value. Come see how to use SharePoint Server 2010 and Microsoft Project Server 2010 to widen the idea pipeline, formalize the innovation process, and optimize return on investment. This session will cover solution design, implementation, real-world examples and best practices for launching an innovation program within the Enterprise. Simon Floyd
    SPC313 Best Practices for Deploying Project Server 2010 on SharePoint Farm

    Are you interested in deploying Project Server 2010 but don't know where to start? In this session we will provide you with an overview on how to deploy Microsoft Project Server 2010 in a SharePoint 2010 Farm. Specifically, we will discuss how to deploy Project Server in an existing or separate farm, asses the proper capacity planning, and how to tackle upgrading and migration.

    Christophe Fiessinger
    SPC378 Project 2010 Development for SharePoint Developers Microsoft Project Server 2010 is built on SharePoint 2010 and offers a wide variety of customization options. In this session we will provide you with resources and real-world best practices  to help you get started with Project 2010 development. In addition, we will discuss the similarities in development between SharePoint 2010 and Project Server 2010. Steven Haden; Jan Kalis

    Full SharePoint Conference 2011 session agenda here.

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    Microsoft Project Conference 2012 Call for Content Now Open


    Microsoft Project Conference 2012

    Microsoft Project Conference 2012 is the premiere Microsoft-led event to share Project and Portfolio Management best practices and connect with your peers from around the globe. Project Conference will be held in Phoenix, Arizona on March 19 - 22, 2012. Do you have best practices you would like to share on Microsoft’s Project Portfolio Management (PPM) offering? Do you have success stories you would like to share with attendees? Are you passionate about Microsoft Project & Project Server? If you do and are interested in presenting next March, you are invited to propose content for delivery at Microsoft Project Conference 2012!


    1. Propose titles & abstracts at
    2. Complete all the required fields carefully so we can better evaluate your entries.

    Deadline for Submissions: October 14th, 2011
    Acceptance Timeline:  Notifications will be sent out by November 15, 2011

    Project Conference hosts a mix of audience including audiences including Microsoft PPM practitioners, IT Professionals and Developers, as well as Decision Makers and Business Managers.

    Breakout Sessions
    Breakout Sessions are the main content delivery modality at Project Conference other than the keynote sessions. These breakout sessions are lecture-style presentations located in rooms seating anywhere from 100-400 people and are 75 minutes in length. They typically include slides, demos, and a Question & Answer period, and they are recorded and distributed in the MyPC virtual event platform.

    Content Tracks

    • Business Values & Insights will showcase customers across industries and experienced partners, all sharing success stories and PPM best practices. 
    • Product Session will showcase production information, how to best enhance your project portfolio performance, and solutions that enhance out of the box capabilities and provide integration with line of business applications.
    • Deployment and Administration focuses on deployment, configuration, administration best practice as well as developer sessions on how to extend the out of the box desktop and server products to fits your specific business needs.

    Travel & Expenses
    Complimentary passes will be provided for all selected speakers.  Any travel costs including airfare, hotel, etc. will be the responsibility of the speaker.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Project Conference Speaker Team at All proposals will be responded to by November 15, 2011.

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    Budgeting with Inactive Tasks


    A very common problem people have when building their schedules is they have more work to do than they have budget for. We hit this problem all the time on the Project team when we are doing feature work (we just have so many good ideas for features thanks to all of your feedback). In the past when building budgets, we’d create multiple plans or even, aak, use Excel. Thanks to Inactive Tasks in Project 2010 Professional, we can now easily do this in Project.

    Before I get into the details, let me give you a little background. When we are doing budgeting, we don’t look at dates, we just look at how many dev hours are required for a feature and then work to get the rollup number to match our budget. So our initial schedules will often look like this:


    We’ll schedule all the tasks, once we’ve decided which features and tasks we’re going to do for the coding milestone. Yes, the feature and task names were changed to protect the innocent.

    Step 1 – Turn on the Project Summary Task. This allows you to see the rollups for your project. You can do this by going to the Format tab and checking Show Project Summary Task.

    Step 2 – Insert the Work field since this is really what I care about. After doing this, I can see it would take 1,793 hours to complete all of these features. Unfortunately I don’t have that much time. I only have 1,370 hours so I need to do some cutting.


    Step 3 – Working with my co-workers, I determine the priority of each feature. We track this in a text custom field, Feature Priority. I’ve collapsed the view to Outline Level 1 since right now we only care about features.


    Step 4 – Inactivate the lowest priority features by clicking Inactivate on the Task Tab - Schedule group.



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    Notice how Work is now reduced to 1,385hrs. The original values are preserved for the inactivated tasks, they just don’t affect the rollups anymore.

    Step 5 – more cutting since I’m still over my budget of 1,370hrs by 15 hours. I could ask for an exception but I want to see if anything else stands out at this point. I’m going to expand the Medium priority features to get more details.


    Under feature 2, I see some pri 2 UI work that we could ship without so I’ll cut that.


    And we are now 1 hour under our budget – yay. At this point, our next steps would be to get the correct devs assigned to the tasks and the work scheduled out.

    Now clearly I simplified this from the real world experience to make the example fit the blog article but I hope this article shows that you can easily use Project when you are trying to hit an hour or cost budget. If your project is more date driven, you can still use inactive tasks, you’ll just have to adjust your predecessors along the way. From experience the hard part is not using Project, it is getting everyone to agree on the priorities of the various features and agreeing to the cuts.

    Click here for more info on Inactive Tasks.

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